Romantic days out in the Cotswolds


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While in Cotswolds, visit Bicester Village and explore designer and fashion collections at more than 150 boutiques including Boss, Chloe, Dior and more. Known for an immersive shopping experience, you can also enjoy world-class dining and five-star services.

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Take a romantic road trip

Imagine you’ve spent the day with your loved one exploring our vibrant boutiques at Bicester Village; you’ve had a fantastic time but you’re curious to soak up the award-winning countryside that the area is famed for. Just a short drive takes you to the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, complete with picture-postcard villages, thatched cottages and country pubs – offering everything you need for you and your loved one to recharge, relax, and reconnect.

After a day spent exploring the boutiques, refuel at one of our many restaurants and food pop-ups before hopping in the car and setting off on your romantic rendezvous.


Explore the Cotswolds’ winding routes by foot

The expansive Cotswold countryside means there are endless romantic trails to choose from. Covering everything from an abundance of wildlife to its instantly recognisable chocolate-box villages, pack your walking boots and get ready to explore its slower pace of life.

Bourton-on-the-Water offers a leisurely stroll along the River Windrush, and the canal path takes you past babbling brooks and overhanging trees, punctuated by quaint pubs and cafés – the perfect place to stop and enjoy a quiet moment together.

There are also plenty of off-road hikes to break in your new walking gear from Timberland. We recommend the scenery in Stow-on-the-Wold or the circular walk along the Fosse Way - one of the oldest routes in Britain.


Visit a historic Cotswold house and garde

Steeped in history, the Cotswolds is home to countless historic houses and gardens, just waiting to be explored. First on the list to visit, Sezincote House, just outside Moreton-in-Marsh, has a distinctive onion-shaped Mughal dome atop the main house, which was inspired by the Taj Mahal – this architectural treat provides a dreamy backdrop for a romantic photo moment.

Alternatively, Snowshill Manor celebrates architect, craftsmen and poet, Charles Wade’s intriguing and eccentric life. It’s packed with his collection of quirky and extraordinary treasures, from mechanical doorbells to suits of armour and costumes.

If you’ve time, Chavenage House in Tetbury boasts an impressive and much more orderly collection of antiquities that have been carefully preserved by the same family for over four hundred years.


Go on a food and drink tour of the Cotswolds

Whether you’re into fine dining or farm foods, the Cotswolds is packed with foodie delights. A visit to Daylesford Organic should be first on your list, an organic farm shop stocking homemade produce, homewares and hampers (it even hosts cookery classes).

Pubs are plentiful and ideal for sampling an artisan cider or traditional English ale. Making a reservation for two? Stop for dinner in a gastro pub, or if you prefer more refined, reserve a table at one of the area’s fine dining options.

The Cotswolds is home to a whole feast of delicious specialities, including the award-winning ‘Gloucester Old Spot pork’ and creamy Gloucester cheese – best accompanied by Tewkesbury mustard, Stinking Bishop cheese and Hobbs House bread.


Experience Cotswold art and culture

With a history which spans Neolithic settlements, Iron Age forts and the transformational Medieval wool trade, you could easily lose a few days to exploring the Cotswolds’ many museums and galleries.

Shake up your usual date activity with a visit to the recently refurbished Wilson Art Gallery in Cheltenham. Take a leisurely afternoon exploring its exhibitions together, before finishing your day at Cheltenham’s iconic Everyman Theatre, which dates back to 1891 and is considered to be the best preserved architectural example from renowned designer Frank Matcham.

If you’re after a quirkier date, time your visit to take in a Giffords Circus show. The troupe tours the area during the summer months, where you can sit back and enjoy a unique celebration of local arts and culture.


Try an outdoor adventure in the Cotswolds

The Cotswolds offers countless opportunities to try something new, with one of the most romantic being a canter for two. With an abundance of stables and riding schools, even complete beginners will be trotting in no time. Join a small group or go it alone and enjoy taking in the countryside from the comfort of your saddle. Whichever you choose, the memories will be priceless.

If you’ve always fancied a hot air balloon ride, the Cotswolds is the perfect place to do it. There’s something magical about drifting over the patchwork of green fields and rural villages, literally in a world of your own.


Relax at a romantic spa

What could be more bonding than spending some time getting pampered at a spa? The Cotswolds boasts a number of romantic retreats where you can really relax and switch off. Thermae Bath Spa, Calcot and Dormy House & Spa are just a few of the most popular, but there are plenty to choose from in the area. Spend a weekend at a luxury hotel and dip in and out of the facilities or enjoy a day pass and book in for couples massage or body wrap.

You’ll want to impress with your swimwear as you take advantage of the hot tub, steam room and sauna, and this style from Vilebrequin is a certified winner.


Tour the beautiful Cotswold villages

Minster Mill Hotel & Spa in Oxfordshire
Known for its picturesque scenery, a tour of the Cotswolds’ most quaint villages is another wonderful way to spend time with your loved one.

The tiny village of Minster Lovell not only has a delightful name, its location next to River Windrush provides a lovely walking path which leads to the remains of thirteenth century Minster Lovell Hall. Similarly, Snowshill has appeared countless times on TV for its charm and unspoilt beauty. Surrounded on three sides by rolling hills, the remaining view is a panorama of the stunning Severn Vale. Don’t forget your camera!

Blockley is another popular visit – not just for its uninterrupted beauty, but as its church was frequently featured in TV’s ‘Father Brown’.


Be sure to explore Bicester Village

 Bicester Village near Oxford
As part of your trip to the Cotswolds together, don’t forget to visit Bicester Village. Besides walking hand-in-hand and browsing your favourite boutiques, there are plenty of fantastic places to get a romantic meal romantic meal or pull up a seat for a glass of fizz to toast a great trip together.



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